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Laboratory Manager - Earth & Environmental Sciences

Vanderbilt University Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

Job Details

Oversee the use and maintenance of the department’s major equipment, analytical, and sample preparation facilities.  These principally include: (i) a ThermoFisher iCAP Q quadrupole ICPMS that can be attached to a Photon Machines 193 nm laser-ablation unit, (ii) a Tescan Vega3 LM environmental SEM with EDS, EBSD, and CL attachments, (iii) a NorthStar ImagiX microCT scanner, (iv) a Thermo Delta V Plus Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer with a GasBenchII and an Element Analyzer for analysis of light stable isotopes in carbonates and organic matter, (v) a Picarro L2130-i for the analysis of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes of water, and (vi) a Picarro G2201i for the analysis of carbon dioxide and methane and their carbon isotope compositions. Oversee the training, research, and administration of our major analytical facilities, including the ICP-MS, SEM, micro-CT, and other instruments, lab spaces, and sample preparation facilities and equipment.

Supervise and perform technical, research, and administrative duties of department-level laboratory and analytical facilities: ensure that labs have adequate supplies and equipment is properly maintained; schedule work to meet experimental and publication deadlines, either directly or in conjunction with faculty; communicate laboratory policies; evaluate instrument and experimental quality assurance; provide training on instrument use and applications.

About the Work Unit:

The Earth and Environmental Sciences are aimed at understanding Earth's dynamic history — how Earth

"works" and records its origin and age in rocks and landscapes — and how geological processes affect

modern environmental and ecological systems. Among the natural sciences, ours is the quintessential

interdisciplinary science, providing vital perspective on how Earth's physical and geochemical templates

simultaneously sustain and threaten life, and influence human interactions with Earth.  


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operation and maintenance of analytical instruments
  • Development and refinement of analytical methods
  • Training of users
  • Data reduction and quality control
  • Management of laboratory supplies and invoicing
  • Other Duties as assigned
  • Supervisory Relationships:

    This position does not have supervisory responsibility.  This position reports administratively to the Administrative Manager and functionally to the Department Chair.


  • Education and Certifications:  

  • MSc in STEM fields required, PhD strongly preferred.
  • Experience and Skills:

  • 2 Year(s) experience with M.S. (none required with Ph.D.)
  • Operation and maintenance of analytical instrumentation
  • Significant experience in mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, and /or imaging techniques
  • Experience maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing major analytical instruments
  • Computer skills, including some programming experience
  • Strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with lab and budget management
  • Experience with geoscience topics and approaches.
  • Physical requirements include:

  • Frequent stoops and bends.
  • Occasionally lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Reaching, grasping reaches, and grasps with arms and hands.
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting.
  • Work involves possible exposure to toxic chemicals and acids in the lab.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.


Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At Vanderbilt University, our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.

We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.



Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University may require employees to comply with any testing or health and safety measures which the University may require.


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